Scotland’s hydro industry was boosted recently when the Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) joined forces with a consortium made up of Broadland Properties and Gilbert Gilkes & Gordon Limited to explore the development of small scale hydro projects on the national forest estate. HM Partners James McMorrow and David Bone supported FCS’s in-house procurement and renewable energy teams throughout the process.
The consortium will now spend the next eight months identifying suitable hydro sites in locations stretching from the Scottish Borders, Dumfries and Galloway, Lowlands and Argyllshire, right up through Tayside and the north east of Scotland. Once suitable locations have been pinpointed, Harper Macleod will work with FCS to draft exclusivity agreements, commercial contracts and land agreements.
David Bone commented: “Following the Forestry Commission’s recent arrangements for the north-west Highlands with development partner Green Highland Renewables Limited, this additional partnership will now see all of Scotland covered, in a drive to increase hydro energy output. We’re delighted to be part of this huge step forward for renewable energy in Scotland.”
It is estimated that the national forest estate has the potential to develop at least 50 MW of power from run-of-river hydro schemes.